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December 9, 2016, 10:15 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Former Magic Leap employees say planned release won't include tech seen in early prototypes; Magic Leap recruiting aided by video that didn't use firm's tech  —  Reality check  —  Magic Leap's allegedly revolutionary augmented reality technology may in fact be years away from completion and …
Bloomberg:
How Alphabet has tightened spending on its Other Bets divisions such as Fiber, a strategy enforced by CFO Ruth Porat, leaving some employees frustrated  —  Alphabet's CFO Ruth Porat wants to bring focus to Mountain View.  Can the moonshot factory adapt?  —  by  —  Subscribe Reprints
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
NBC News' alert app Breaking News to shut down at the end of the year due to lack of revenue; all 20+ staff to remain on payroll until January 20  —  Breaking News, the popular alert app from NBC News, is shutting down at the end of the year.  —  The entire staff at Breaking News …
John Markoff / Backchannel:
Twenty-eight year veteran NYT tech reporter John Markoff to retire, will remain on contract for more stories, become writer in residence at Berkeley in 2017  —  I'm retiring from the greatest job I ever knew—but I still believe that journalism will thrive … Yes, I'm retiring from the New York Times.
Bloomberg:
Facebook investor lawsuit alleges Marc Andreessen aided Zuckerberg's interests instead of shareholders'; documents show Zuck interested in government service  —  Earlier this year, Facebook Inc.'s Mark Zuckerberg came to his shareholders with a big question: would they approve …
Alex Cranz / Gizmodo:
Many Pebble customers are left without a warranty or technical support after the Fitbit acquisition  —  Pebble, one of the best-known smartwatch brands, is dead.  Rumors about the company's demise have been swirling since The Information reported a potential Fitbit buyout last week.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google Daydream adds two video apps, NextVR and HBO, which will let subscribers watch TV on a virtual big screen; Netflix is listed as coming later this month  —  Google's Daydream virtual reality headset is getting a new slate of games and apps.  Today, seven more titles are padding out the library …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Shigeru Miyamoto explains why Mario runs on his own in Super Mario Run, launching next week on iPhone, and says the game will introduce new players to Nintendo  —  The creator of Mario on how smartphones will introduce new players to Nintendo  —  In 2004, Nintendo released …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Anonymous social network Yik Yak lays off about 30 of its 50 staffers as growth stalls; sources say the remaining employees are mostly engineers  —  Yak to square one  —  Yik Yak has laid off a “significant” number of employees amid a downturn in the app's growth prospects, The Verge has learned.

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